PeaceFem App: Our latest contribution to peacetech in use all over the world
At Inclusive Peace, we generate knowledge products designed to be used by practitioners, policymakers, and researchers. We do so in new and innovative ways, and in our collaboration with partners on the PeaceFem app, we are inspiring peacemakers across the globe.
Who is still in doubt? The future is female – including in peacemaking. However, women’s achievements in peace and political reform processes are often invisible or understated. Inclusive Peace, in collaboration with UN Women, the Monash University Gender, Peace and Security Centre, and the Political Settlements Research Programme at the University of Edinburgh, created an app to highlight female peacemaker’s strategies to influence peace processes as well as the provisions created in agreements and the level of their implementation. We pooled our data in one easy-to-use app available in English and Arabic. The app is designed to inspire current and future peacemakers and is now in use in sixty countries across the globe.
The PeaceFem app was launched in July 2020 and has now been downloaded more than 1000 times, by users from Sweden to Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan to Austria.
“Women’s participation in and influence on peace processes is essential to inclusive societies, but we have a lot of work to do in making this work visible and accessible for other advocates around the globe. With the PeaceFem app, we hope to inspire and spark women’s participation in peace and political reform processes,” says Sarah Taylor, Director, International Policy Strategy and WPS, at Inclusive Peace.
The app contains a comprehensive index sorted by region, country, strategies, provisions, and implementation providing information about strategies women groups and their supporters have used to influence peace agreements. These strategies are often creative and sometimes surprising. In Somalia, for example, milk collection collectives were key in building trans-clan alliances between women involved in the peace process following the civil war. And in post-apartheid South Africa, there was a significant number of strong feminist leaders involved in political parties and civil society.
“With the PeaceFem app, we contribute to the growing field of peacetech. We are excited to be a part of this new important field. We look forward to developing more new digital knowledge products to promote inclusive peace processes in the coming years,” says Thania Paffenholz, Executive Director at Inclusive Peace.